Patriarchal co-liturgy for 60th anniversary of Ecumenical Patriarch’s priesthood
Elder Metropolitan Emmanuel of Chalcedon and Archbishop Evstratiy of Chernihiv and Nizhyn attended prayerfully the service.
Yesterday, upon the arrival of Metropolitan Epifaniy of Kyiv, the Vespers service was held, with the Ecumenical Patriarch speaking with kind words about the two hierarchs who were next to him.
The service took place on the island of Imbros, the place of origin of the Ecumenical Patriarch, who paid a visit to celebrate his 60 years of priesthood.
Speaking after the end of the Vespers, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew spoke about the hierarchs who were in the Church.
He referred to the Patriarch of Alexandria Theodore, his “close associate” as he stated, who supported the Ecumenical Patriarchate and the Ecumenical Patriarch not only in the Holy Synod of Crete in 2016, but also with the recognition of the Autocephaly of the Church of Ukraine, as Archbishops Ieronymos of Greece and Chrysostomos of Cyprus did, the Ecumenical Patriarch stated.
While speaking about Metropolitan Epifaniy of Kyiv, he spoke of a “new leader of the Orthodox Church,” while he stressed that he (the Ecumenical Patriarch) responded to the request of the millions of Orthodox in the country and granted the Tomos of Autocephaly to the Church of Ukraine.
He also referred to his upcoming visit to Kyiv, marking the 30th anniversary of Ukraine’s independence.
Present as representatives of the Church of Greece and the Church of Cyprus were the Metropolitan of Maronia and the Metropolitan of Kition, while the Civil Governor of Mount Athos, Athanasios Martinos, and his spouse were also present.
Earlier, a doxology was performed on the arrival of Metropolitan Epifaniy of Kyiv on the island of Imbros.
The Metropolitan of Kyiv, after the end of the doxology, addressing Metropolitan Kyrillos of Imbros, stressed that “I am very happy to be here with you today, to participate in the joy of the First among the Primates, who celebrates 60 years of priesthood here in the beautiful island of Imbros”.